Three teenage girls will face first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor charge after reportedly taunting and striking a 1-year-old they were babysitting.
On July 9, a Conway Police Department officer responded to the Conway Regional Medical Center on a child abuse report, CPD spokesman LaTresha Woodruff said in a social media post.
"There, she spoke with the mother of a one year old baby girl and was shown a video that appeared to depict three female teens laughing hysterically while taunting the baby girl with a taser, which caused the child to scream and sob in uncontrollable fear," Woodruff wrote. "The video continued on, showing the teens joking and laughing when one of them forcefully struck the child in the head. The baby’s mother had been made aware of the video and sought treatment for the child at the hospital, where she contacted police."
The mother told authorities the trio was supposed to be babysitting and that had been unaware of the alleged abuse before seeing the video.
The girls were arrested on the same charge and taken to the Faulkner County Juvenile Detention Center to be held for court, according to the statement.
"No injuries were noted by the medical center that assessed the baby at the time of the report," Woodruff said.